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  • Fick Bros. Named Contractor of the Year!

    Fick Bros. Named Contractor of the Year!

    Fick Bros. was named the 2014 National Contractor of the Year by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in its Exterior Remodeling category. Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the… Read more »

  • Selecting a Contractor: Does the company carry insurance and is the coverage adequate?

    Selecting a Contractor: Does the company carry insurance and is the coverage adequate?

    This is the second most important question. Owners have been financially harmed by uninsured or inadequately insurance contractors. A contractor should ALWAYS provide you with a Certificate of Insurance for Comprehensive Liability, Worker’s Compensation, and Completed Operations Insurance that protects you in the event of an accident or provides financial coverage for a failed project…. Read more »

  • Selecting a Contractor: Does the Contractor have a permanent place of business?

    Selecting a Contractor: Does the Contractor have a permanent place of business?

    What is the Full Name & Address of the Company? All Contractor Selection Guidelines start with this question because most dissatisfaction involves low-bid undercapitalized contractors. Be very cautious of any contractor without a permanent place of business. If the contractor is not permanently established, how can you be confident he will complete the work? How… Read more »